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Konya Turkey

Konya - Turkey Konya is a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey and is the capital of the Konya Province. Konya has the reputation of being one of the more religiously conservative metropolitan centers in Turkey. It was once known as the "citadel of Islam" and is still more devout than other cities. Konya was the final home of Rumi, whose followers established in 1273 the Mevlevi Sufi order of Islam in the city and became known as the whirling dervishes. Konya produced Turkish carpets that were exported to Europe during the Renaissance. These expensive, richly-patterned textiles were draped over tables, beds, or chests to proclaim the wealth and status of their owners, and were often included in the contemporary oil paintings as symbols of the wealth of the painter's clients. Notable Konyans include Ibn Arabi, a Sufi who visited Konya in 1207 at the invitation of the Selçuk governor of that time and married the mother of his disciple Sadreddin Konevi. Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, the Persian Sufi poet commonly known as Mevlâna and who is the founder of the Sufi Mevlevi order known as the Whirling Dervishes spent the last fifty years of his life in Konya. His tomb is also located there. Orkut Büyükkökten, a software engineer who developed the social networking service Orkut, was born in 1975 in Konya and Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, was born 26 February 1959 in Konya.

Selçuk University was founded in 1975 in Konya . It is the biggest public university in Turkey in terms of student population with 76080 registered students in 2008-09 academic year. Private colleges include KTO Karatay and Mevlana university. Konya has a harsh and dry continental climate with snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly during the spring and autumn. Under Köppen's climate classification Konya is labeled a semi-arid climate. Konya has hot and dry summers with an average of 30°C or 86°F. However, usually temperatures are much higher and quite often reach 40°C or 104°F. The highest temperature recorded in Konya was 40.6°C or 105.08°F on 30 July 2000. Konya has cold to freezing winters with signifigant snowfall in the extreme months. The average temperature in the winter is -4.2°C or 24.44°F but often are much colder. The coldest temperature recorded in Konya was -25.8°C or -14.44°F on 25 January 1989. Excavations have shown that the region was inhabited during the Late Copper Age, around 3000 BC. The city came under the influence of the Hittites around 1500 BC. These were overtaken by the Sea Peoples around 1200 BC. The Phrygians established their kingdom in central Anatolia in the 8th century BC. Xenophon describes Iconium, as the city was called, as the last city of Phrygia. The region was overwhelmed by Cimmerian invaders c. 690 BC. It was later part of the Persian Empire

Turkish Airlines, Anadolu Jet and Pegasus Airlines offer flights from Istanbul to Konya Airport located about 18 kilometers out of city. Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.


Region: Central Anatolia
Province: Konya
Beach: No
Marina: No
Hotels: Yes
Video: Yes
Airport: Konya Airport
English language website: konya-information.com
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